Adrienne Day
June 15, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Fragile Army

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it an C+

The 20-member orchestral-pop band The Polyphonic Spree first made headlines with their cult-like garb and shamanic paeans to peace and love. But it looks like someone’s spiked their Kool-Aid. Though The Fragile Army, with nods to both Arcade Fire and the Flaming Lips, is rife with the bombastic chords and brass flourishes of their debut, Together We’re Heavy, there’s now an almost garish cast to the proceedings — not to mention a sartorial misstep in their black military suits, which suggest Stasi over swami. Talk about mixed messages. C+ DOWNLOAD THIS: Get Up and Go

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